Rodeo officials consider beer sales

Published 2:13 am Thursday, November 17, 2016

The Opp Rattlesnake Rodeo Committee this week set the date for the 2017 rodeo, and discussed the idea of serving beer at the annual event.

Co-coordinator Don Childre told the Star-News Wednesday that selling alcohol at the rodeo has been considered for years.

The idea for this year would be to have a hospitality tent and allow people to purchase beer and stay inside the tent.

“I don’t see it happening,” he said.

New Mayor Becky Bracke said that the committee was just discussing the pros and cons of having a hospitality tent with alcohol.

“No decision has been made,” she said. “This is something that has been discussed and is usually brought up. I don’t know where it will end up.”

Bracke said they are working hard to get new things to come to the rodeo and get a lot more vendors. Additionally, the rodeo has been set for the second weekend in March – the 11th and 12th, a Saturday and Sunday.

“We decided there was no use in having three or four entertainers,” Childre said. “We are going to have one main headliner on Saturday night,” he said. “And then some acts on Sunday.”

Childre said that Sunday is when the locals prefer to show up and check out the arts and crafts vendors.

“The crowds aren’t so heavy then,” he said.

Ticket prices are also expected to drop to $10 per person and kids are expected to be able to get in free.

“We want to be able to attract more people,” he said.